Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Size
Really small
Compact 103x55x24 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 103x55x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent compacts

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Aperture Wide aperture Help
        DMC-FX78:f/2.5
        DMC-FX700:f/2.2
        Touch screen Have touch screens Help
        Less buttons
        Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
        Lens
        Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
        60 seconds
        Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
        6,400 ISO
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        1,600 ISO
        3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
        No 3d support
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        230k dots
        Zoom Poor zoom Help
        5x

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $359

        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Compact

        $149

        Movie format Records lower quality movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $184 - $300

        Zoom Has significantly more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

        Compact

        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

        Pro digicam

        $398

        Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $319 - $499

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $200

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Much larger
        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Compact

        $140

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Nikon Coolpix S800c

        Nikon Coolpix S800c

        Travel zoom

        $145 - $350

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

        Super zoom

        $399 - $400

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Size Much larger
        Aperture Much narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

        Pro digicam

        $355

        Sensor size Significantly larger sensor
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Size Much larger
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

        Travel zoom

        Zoom More zoom
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Aperture Much narrower aperture
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        Zoom Much more zoom
        3D Takes 3D photos
        Aperture Much narrower aperture
        Touch screen No touch screen

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